For vehicles with 9 to 16 passenger seats, three-point lap and diagonal belts must be fitted for each seat position. The seatbelts and their installation will meet the relevant standards set by the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency and if requested, by the council. The contractor will supply proof of the relevant seat belt test certification. Where a vehicle with 17 or more passenger seats is used, either a three-point lap and diagonal or lap belt must be fitted for each seat position.
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport monitor contract compliance through roadside inspections.
For all school contracts, where a seat belt is provided on a vehicle, there is a requirement for pupils to use the restraint and to remain seated during the journey.
Drivers and escorts (where applicable) must be aware of legal responsibilities for the wearing of seatbelts on school transport vehicles and endeavour to ensure that pupils remain seated with seatbelts fastened during the journey. Any difficulty experienced in gaining co-operation from pupils in the wearing of seatbelts must be reported to the school.
In line with best practice, schools will work in partnership with parents/carers and the council to ensure the wearing of seatbelts by pupils on all school transport journeys.